2 P/T Personal Support Assistant / Drivers to work within North Ayrshire – Skelmorlie ( moving to Largs soon )
The person requiring support is a 39 year old man who, due to cerebral palsy, has been confined to a wheelchair since birth. A hoist is used for transfers, therefore you must have a current moving and handling certificate.
He requires assistance with all day to day activities for example, dressing, toileting (He is continent), eating, maintenance of personal hygiene. He uses a power-drive wheelchair. He has his own transport – a Ford Tourneo Custom WAV, therefore requires a competent driver, will be driving to Port Glasgow, Glasgow and surrounding areas.
He can feed himself under supervision. He communicates through speech although, because of difficulty with some consonants it can take time to be understood, therefore being patient and listening is a big part of the role.
He likes football and has a season tickets for both Glasgow Celtic and Greenock Morton. He enjoys visits to tenpin bowling, boccia and the cinema. He watches a lot of wrestling on T.V. He can use, to some extent, a laptop, PS4 and Wii.
He relates well to people of his own peer group age.
He is out and about 4 days a week. He hopes to attend the George Steven day centre in Kilbirnie– 2 days a week from 10 until 4. – with bowling and the cinema the other two days. This forms part of the role. Football attendance depends on fixtures and involves evening and weekend work, including driving .
He is looking to employ 2 P.A.s sharing the support .
Pay Rates are : £10.90 and £11.83 per hour, as dual funded.
Support days will be:
Tues and Thurs – 10 -4pm
Wed – 10 – 2pm
Fri – 10 – 5pm
Sat – 10 – 12 Breakfast support and personal care
Sun – 9 – 12 Breakfast support and personal care
Days and times to be further discussed at interview.
The assistance you would provide will vary but will largely involve the above activities but will also include care in his home. He lives with his parents. You will be required to also be able to
- Provide support to him at home and assist him to have the lifestyle he chooses
- Assist him with the choices he makes in his daily life, using a balanced approach which emphasises advice and encouragement rather than making decisions for him
- Assist him to stay safe and well. This will involve helping him to monitor his mental and physical health and encourage him to take appropriate action to safeguard and maintain his health.
- Assist him to use local community resources and to get involved and become a part of the community he lives in. This will involve assisting him to develop and maintain relationships with neighbours, friends and family by providing encouragement, guidance and support where needed
- Assist with organising and getting involved in recreational activities, to try new experiences, meet new people and broaden his interests
- Work with him to assist him with developing existing skills and to learn new skills
- Work with him to assist him to cope with his feelings and relationships and in managing the practicalities of daily living, in addition to accessing other support systems in the community
- Assisting with areas of budgeting.
- Assisting with domestic tasks.
- Treat him at all times, as an adult and unique individual, recognising his rights to choose, dignity, individuality, love, friendship and respect
- To, at all times, talk respectfully to and about him, recognising that he has individual rights.
- Assist him to plan for the future and to solve problems that are worrying him.
As part of a team you will be committed to providing the best support for him. To achieve this , you will:-
- Work as part of your team to promote and develop goals for him to aim for
- Work in a consistent manner alongside other team members, developing working relationships
- Take part in the planning and review process for his support and take responsibility for tasks allocated to you
- Be aware of good team communication, using systems in place, including attendance at team meetings.
As an individual employee, you will:-
- Demonstrate adherence to and sound knowledge of internal policies and procedures
- Liaise and network with agencies and individuals where required
- Uphold and safeguard the positive image and reputation of him and his family
- Contribute to continuous improvements of existing ways of working
- Understand your work in relation to the values and principles of Self Directed Support
- Contribute to the support and supervision process
- Be willing to take up training opportunities
- Be able to do occasional sleepovers
He is looking for some-one who is able to demonstrate competencies and attributes in the following areas:-
- Reliable and trustworthy
- Person-centred & adopts a common sense approach to their work
- Able to remain calm in stressful situations
- Flexible in terms of approach and availability for work
- Able to think and work in a reflective way
- A team player who can work well as part of a team
- Have a Positive outlook and open to new ideas and change
- Able to demonstrate respect and commitment for him and others
- Able to negotiate, listen and communicate well, listen and not be quick to judge others
- Comfortable with taking direction but can also work on their own initiative
- Is respectful and can maintain confidentiality
- Motivated to learn and develop new skills
There is 5.6 weeks paid annual leave pro rata attached to this post, of which the employer can choose the dates for 2 weeks.
Successful applicants will have to undergo a new or update of the PVG disclosure scheme ( at the employers cost ) and provide 2 up to date reference contacts prior to appointment.
There is a 6 month probationary period attached to the post , with a 1 weeks notice within this period if the post is not working out for either party.
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